WHY CALIFORNIA’S MOVE TO BAN GAS-POWERED GENERATORS (AND LAWN EQUIPMENT) COULD LEAVE CALIFORNIANS IN THE DARK | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED X-Frame-Options: SAMEORIGIN

WHY CALIFORNIA’S MOVE TO BAN GAS-POWERED GENERATORS (AND LAWN EQUIPMENT) COULD LEAVE CALIFORNIANS IN THE DARK

“Excuse me,” says your landscaper. “The mower’s out of juice. Mind if I plugin?” You look from the immobile machine to your half-cut lawn. “Outlet’s over there,” you tell him. “But let’s knock $20 off your fee? What are we up to now, 25 cents a kilowatt-hour?”

Welcome to the future. Welcome to California.

The state, committed to net-zero emissions by 2045, is moving to ban sales of gas-powered landscaping equipment as early as 2024. This is not the first attempt. Politicians tried and failed to do the same in 2003. Since then, though, more than half of homeowners in the state have swapped out their consumer-grade equipment for “zero-emission equipment” (ZEE), meaning, battery-powered weed whackers, leaf blowers, hedge clippers, chainsaws, and even lawnmowers.

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